Today started with something exciting (to me) -- hiking through Squaw Valley! Despite being the middle of July, they're still open (on the weekends).
written Jul 11, 2017 @ 03:47 AM after hiking 22.30 miles
Once leaving Squaw, though, the scenery rapidly changed as the snow disappeared and the greens took over. Here's where I saw Lake Tahoe for perhaps the last time on this trail:
Then it was time for lunch on top of a ridge! Pretty much on a peak, actually. And it was also time to drink that beer that I'd been carrying for miles and miles. But first, I gotta make it cold.
A short time after that, I crossed Donner Pass, and figured I should head over to Donner Ski Ranch and get an afternoon snack -- hopefully a burger. Turns out, they had Reubens and jalapeno poppers and pies, so I got some of each. This was all well and good and I was ready to hit the trail, but the bartender reminded me that thru hikers get a free beer. Yay! Then another patron bought me a beer because I survived the Sierras. Yay!
So when I left, I immediately found two trees, set up my hammock, and napped for an hour. It was amazing.
Then it was time to hike. But first, let me explain something: getting your feet wet sucks. A lot. You go out of your way -- sometimes a lot -- to avoid it.
So it was really annoying when I reached I-80 and they had helpfully put in a tunnel underneath it (so I didn't get pancaked by a truck) and it looked like this:
Sigh, oh well. I'm almost done hiking anyway. Slosh through, do another few miles, and watch a sunset. I guess things could be worse.